#MovieReview: JACKIE

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Cast: Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard

Director: Pablo Larrain

Genre: Drama

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Drawn eyes, pursed lips and an extraordinary amalgamation of dignity and poise is how Jackie or Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman) opens the movie. This is essentially a recounting portrait/biopic of the initial days after the assassination of the most loved and legendary POTUS, John F. Kennedy exclusively seen as from the eyes of the First Lady.

The movie takes you to present day, where the widow of the President of US is sitting alone in a ‘cold’ home as described by her. A journalist (Billy Krudup) manages to get to Jackie post her husband’s assassination for an exclusive interview that would show the world of her version of the horror and tragedy that happened when her husband was gunned down in her lap.

What follows is the moment by moment recounting of the tales, truths, facts, politics and tragedy that went on to become history. Natalie Portman majorly aces in imitating the famous heavy and husky voice of Jackie Kennedy. Each frame portrays the helplessness of a young widow with two children; with utmost poise and grace even in moments of despair. With great power comes the great responsibility of making decisions and Jackie has beautifully portrayed how a young, grieving widow shaken with a symphony of tragedy made sure that the world remembered her husband for the man he was.

The makers have brilliantly recreated the famous White House Tour, the assassination, funeral and other relating events. The tabloid images of that time and the frames in the movie have a striking resemblance. Natalie has given a commendable performance which may not be her best, but definitely one which will stay close to our hearts. This is a brilliant portrayal of Jackie’s struggle to fight through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy. Her confusion, anger and dignity as the glamorous First Lady even after her husband’s bereavement draws sympathy from the viewers.

Through her, we get to know John F. Kennedy as the President who strived for change and became stronger with each move. For as she describes, “There’ll be great presidents again… but there’ll never be another Camelot. Don’t let it be forgot,” Jackie kept repeating, “that there once was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.”

The pace might slow down in bits and parts but overall, this one is recommended for everyone who would like to get to know the life of the most glamorous presidential couple of the US upfront and blunt.

Rating: 3.8 shors out of 5!

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